FOR THE LOVE OF L.A.
For the Love of L.A. highlights the broad and expansive array of Angeleno creativity across diverse disciplines and geographies. New artists and works of art will be posted every Tuesday for a 13-week period. More than 35 artists in total will be featured with a platform to express their views of Los Angeles that are relevant and reflective of the current time through music, dance and visual culture.
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Curator Leeav Sofer paired artists Samaneh Salehi and Kyoko Takenaka together and asked them to have a conversation about the work they each created for For The Love Of L.A. These two artists have never met each other before, and the discussion recorded is their first meeting and the first time they are viewing each others' art pieces. Watch their conversation below.
This project for The Music Center’s For the Love of L.A. is based on a concept called "listen louder" that encourages society to be more concerned about people who are affected by COVID-19 and not visible on social media platforms. Most of these people suffer from poverty and live on the street. Also, many don’t have access to the internet and social media.
The medium I chose to convey the message is an acrylic painting. With the described concept in mind, the painting process was recorded to be presented on any digital platforms including websites and social media.
Samaneh Salehi began her career in Iran after studying graphic design at Tehran Noor Conservatory.
Since then, she chose painting as her favorite form of art to express her artistic vision. Salehi’s work has been exhibited in Iran, Dubai and Malaysia, and continues to be exhibited both in the United States and abroad. She is known for her watercolor and acrylic miniature paintings inspired by ancient Persian art and combined with contemporary techniques.